Cold day fun

It’s the end of January and the high for today is 15 degrees. With it being so cold, I don’t want to take the kids anywhere if I don’t have to. So what to do? I decided to make these cotton ball smashes’ (that’s not the technical name of them, that’s just what I called it) that I found on pinterest. I asked Tyler if he wanted to make them and he said sure, okay! So this is what we did:

First we put some flour, I did 2 tablespoons, in 3 bowls. I wasn’t sure how this was going to be that’s why I decided on 3 bowls. You can do however many you want. Then you are supposed to add equal parts water and flour. So I just added some water and food coloring until I could stir the mixture well and it was kinda thick but not too runny. Tyler decided on the colors. He wanted green, white and red. At first he said he wanted black, but I wasn’t about to do black and have black food coloring everywhere, so I asked him to pick another color.

Once everything was mixed up I let Tyler roll the cotton balls  around in the mixture until they were coated. We placed them on a baking sheet. If you are going to do this project I would recommend putting parchment paper on the sheet. I did not and the ball were hard to remove after baking. I preheated my oven to 170 degrees, that is as low as it goes, and baked for 45 minutes.

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These are before going into the oven

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In the blog it said they were supposed to be hard, so I turned the balls over, which was difficult since they stuck to the baking sheet. Once they were turned I baked them for 10 more minutes and then removed them. I gave each child a play hammer and let them smash the balls. Ariana wasn’t really into it, but that is okay. Tyler loved smashing them down flat. We only made about 18 balls. It was a fun activity for a cold day. Plus it wasn’t too messy either. There were some crumbs from the smashed balls but nothing too extreme.

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They didn’t really turn out how I expected but Tyler and Ariana had fun. I love Pinterest because it has so many great ideas for just about everything. I have tried somethings off of Pinterest, mostly recipes, I would like to try out more activities and crafts for the kids. Who knows maybe there will be more to come….